Hepatitis B PCR
Hepatitis B is a virus which causes inflammation of the liver cells (hepatocytes). It is transmitted by sex, or by blood to blood contact between people, such as via a needlestick injury. The infection may be cleared by the body's immune system, or it can persist and become chronic, meaning the individual is at risk of infecting other people.
This test looks for the presence of DNA from the hepatitis B virus, and will report whether it was detected or not.
What might a high result mean?
A positive result for this test means that DNA from the hepatitis B virus has been detected. This suggests that the virus is active and replicating, which means that there is a risk of transmitting the virus to other people. A positive result should be discussed with your doctor.